Eugene R. Declercq, PhD

Professor, Community Health Sciences
Eugene Declercq
Crosstown Center – CT430
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Gene Declercq combines formal training in political science with almost twenty years of experience as a certified childbirth educator to examine policy and practice related to childbirth in the US and abroad. His recent work in examining cesarean sections in the US and overseas has focused on maternal and infant morbidity associated with low risk cesareans and with repeat cesareans as well as the programmatic and policy influences on practices related to childbirth practices. This research has been supported as part of his work as a Robert Wood Johnson-funded Health Policy Investigator and by grants from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. He has served as lead author of two national studies of women’s experiences in childbirth entitled Listening to Mothers. He was a technical advisor to the film documentary, The Business of Being Born and has been one of the organizers of a project that has developed a 30 minute version of that documentary that, along with support materials he developed with students, can be used in college classrooms. He was also a producer and presenter of “Birth by the Numbers,” a 20 minute video that examines outcomes associated with current US birth practices. He is principal investigator on two NIH funded collaborative projects examining child and maternal outcomes associated with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (MOSART project) and is one of the founders of the Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal (PELL) data system that links vital statistics, hospital, and administrative data on almost 900,000 births in Massachusetts since 1998. He’s also been active in a variety of public health projects in his hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts, including a current effort to develop a free volunteer based clinic to serve those without access to care. As an educator, he is a past president of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health and has been a recipient of the Norman Scotch Award for outstanding teaching at BUSPH. He is currently the BUSPH Assistant Dean for DrPH Education and serves as chair of the DrPH Subcommittee of the Association of Schools of Public Health.

Other Positions:

  • Assistant Dean of Doctoral Education, DrPH Program, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine


  • Florida State University, PhD
  • Florida State University, MS
  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell, BS
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MBA

Classes Taught

  • SPHMC763
  • SPHPH851
  • SPHPH854
  • SPHPH866
  • SPHPH866
  • SPHPH986
  • SPHPH986
  • SPHPH990
  • SPHPH990
  • SPHSB922


  • Published on 7/1/2015

    Kozhimannil KB, Attanasio LB, Yang YT, Avery MD, Declercq E. Midwifery Care and Patient-Provider Communication in Maternity Decisions in the United States. Matern Child Health J. 2015 Jul; 19(7):1608-15.

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  • Published on 6/19/2015

    Cheng ER, Declercq ER, Belanoff C, Iverson RE, McCloskey L. Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Likelihood of Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery. Birth. 2015 Sep; 42(3):249-53.

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  • Published on 5/5/2015

    Luke B, Stern JE, Kotelchuck M, Declercq ER, Hornstein MD, Gopal D, Hoang L, Diop H. Adverse pregnancy outcomes after in vitro fertilization: effect of number of embryos transferred and plurality at conception. Fertil Steril. 2015 Jul; 104(1):79-86.

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  • Published on 3/23/2015

    de Jonge A, de Vries R, Lagro-Janssen AL, Malata A, Declercq E, Downe S, Hutton EK. The importance of evaluating primary midwifery care for improving the health of women and infants. Front Med (Lausanne). 2015; 2:17.

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  • Published on 3/9/2015

    Stone SL, Diop H, Declercq E, Cabral HJ, Fox MP, Wise LA. Stressful events during pregnancy and postpartum depressive symptoms. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2015 May; 24(5):384-93.

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  • Published on 3/1/2015

    Declercq E. Childbirth in Brazil: challenging an interventionist paradigm. Birth. 2015 Mar; 42(1):1-4.

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  • Published on 2/5/2015

    Declercq E, Luke B, Belanoff C, Cabral H, Diop H, Gopal D, Hoang L, Kotelchuck M, Stern JE, Hornstein MD. Perinatal outcomes associated with assisted reproductive technology: the Massachusetts Outcomes Study of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (MOSART). Fertil Steril. 2015 Apr; 103(4):888-95.

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  • Published on 1/1/2015

    Declercq E. Midwife-attended births in the United States, 1990-2012: results from revised birth certificate data. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2015 Jan; 60(1):10-5.

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  • Published on 11/1/2014

    Kotelchuck M, Hoang L, Stern JE, Diop H, Belanoff C, Declercq E. The MOSART database: linking the SART CORS clinical database to the population-based Massachusetts PELL reproductive public health data system. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Nov; 18(9):2167-78.

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  • Published on 8/1/2014

    Declercq E. Is medical intervention in childbirth inevitable in Brazil? Cad Saude Publica. 2014 Aug; 30 Suppl 1:S23-4.

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